Julie E. Wollman

Julie E. Wollman, PhD

  • President of Widener University


  • PhD, Education (1991)
    New York University
  • MS, Elementary Education (1985)
    University of Pennsylvania
  • BA, English and American Literature and Language (1981)
    Harvard University

About Me

I always try to communicate honestly, clearly, and transparently. A university campus is a community. All members are engaged and truly care about what goes on within the community. Therefore, as a leader, I value and believe it is important to keep everyone informed through good communication.

I believe listening is a critical communication tool for leaders. I host regular listening sessions to understand issues important to the entire campus community, in addition to what we are doing well and what we need to work on. I want all constituents to have a voice and to engage in conversations that help guide my decision-making and keep me focused on continuously improving our institution. In my first two months at Widener nearly 500 people have participated in my listening sessions.

I especially make interacting with students a priority. They energize me. I enjoy learning about what they are doing and working to support them. Knowledge of the high-impact practices, civic engagement activities, and leadership experiences students are engaging in also makes me a better representative of Widener when I am working externally on behalf of the university.

I truly love my work, so I never stop working. I have absolute dedication to consistent excellence and to exceeding expectations!



  • Philadelphia Business Journal's People to Watch in 2018.
  • Philadelphia Business Journal's 2017 Women of Distinction.
  • Main Line Today's Women on the Move, 2017.
  • SmartCEO Philadelphia Brava Award, 2017. 
  • Mercy Center for Women, Women Making History Award, 2015. 
  • Girl Scouts Western Pennsylvania 2014 Woman of Distinction.


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